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Hey all got my new L1224R's LED tail lights installed in my 06+ tailights on my 2000 ranger I got from JP7. Great guy who was extremely helpful and gave me an awesome deal on them too :) Send him a pm if your interested I think he might have a few more left.

I really like how they turned out as they look way better then the old standard incandescent bulbs in my tail light housings. They seem to a lot brighter as well although maybe not much as expected. Its hard for me to tell when applying brakes during driving since I already have a recon bar on there which produces a large glow behind me :D but they do produce a nicer color of red and come on a lot faster then before. Great safety benefits because that equates to a longer stopping distance warning for people behind me.

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This is the LEDs themselves along with the sockets i had to make using the corvette/STI method. I picked up a set of these from autozone and had to cut the bottoms off as well as cutting out the center then epoxying the two parts together.

Next I had to epoxy the new sockets onto the LEDs.

After that it was time to replace my stock ranger turn signal flasher unit (located under the dash) since it does not play well with LED and causes hyper flash. The solution for that is to pick up an electronic EP27 flasher that supports them. So I headed to Napa Autoparts since for some reason they were the only local place that carried them.

Now onto the final results with a few pictures of the running lights on. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any pictures of the break lights which are full brightness.


Last pict with running lights and HID headlamps on.


Turned out well and not really that difficult. Now I need to find some good looking and functional LEDs for my Reverse lights and front turn signals. fronts are 2000 style which use two btw. Anyone have any suggestions?
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I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE mine!!! I was first to put 'em in '06's....year later they are stil runnin' VERY strong and I just freakin' love them to death. One of the best mods anyone can do.
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One of the best mods anyone can do.
Yeah I've only had mine a few days and I totally agree it is one of the best mods. Now I wish they had easily available white and amber ones for reverse and turn signals :D I'm also thinking it might be cool to have some sort of leds in the lower socket on the tails(reflector housing part) but I'm not sure what type of socket that fits in the lower part as its a smaller hole covered by tape.
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The new 2010 Mustangs taillights are amazing, L1224Rs rock. I need to get another set for the 150
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Now I wish they had easily available white and amber ones for reverse and turn signals :D I'm also thinking it might be cool to have some sort of leds in the lower socket on the tails(reflector housing part) but I'm not sure what type of socket that fits in the lower part as its a smaller hole covered by tape.
YEAH!! You're telling me!! That's whats holding me back from converting to LED up front...I want AMBER L1224R's!!


TrePaul is running 906 MSMD/T can't remember the damn last letter. lol. Anyway...plug in 906's with like 9 or 12 LEDS in each. His is wired up as his running lights. Back in the day I dremeled a hole down in the reflector for a running lamp to make it look like a chevy...had it wired up like the front signal mod...but with LED's that was a no bueno and I wanted my tails to POP! when I pressed the brakes or signal, so I eliminated that.

Here's a vid I did of it...


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The new 2010 Mustangs taillights are amazing, L1224Rs rock. I need to get another set for the 150
You know, speaking of that... Month or so back I went and checked out the 2010's...test drove 3 of 'em. They had one in the showroon so the light was alot better to actually see the tails....MAN OH MAN the sequential signals are AWESOME!!

Then this past weekend, I finallly saw one on the street next to me at night. Holy cow...wow. AGain....those tails are amazing! Loooove the signals.
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I know right, I was in awe for a second when the '10 turned in front of me the other day, first time I saw one driving. The light is so clean and crisp its awesome
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Looks real good.
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Colin: Did you eliminate the rubber grommet between the L1224R and the "fake-o-socket"? If you epoxy everything together you don't need a seal here. It will be brighter the deeper you can get them in so this is why I always eliminate this grommet when I do corvettes and subaru tails for L1224R's.
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BTW - I do have a few sets just like this left (note the extra bulb here was just a backup)
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Colin: Did you eliminate the rubber grommet between the L1224R and the "fake-o-socket"? If you epoxy everything together you don't need a seal here. It will be brighter the deeper you can get them in so this is why I always eliminate this grommet when I do corvettes and subaru tails for L1224R's.
Yeah I did take that off. Although I had to put one on that sits up against the tail light housing to keep the thing in tight with the new sockets otherwise they went into the housing too far to screw in. They also keep any possible moisture from getting into the 06+ tail housing. I not sure without looking at it again but might have been able to cut the fake ones I made and epoxied to the L1224R's a bit shorter then I wouldn't have had a good seal on the housings though. So I dunno they still work really well brighter then stock just not blinding

Now my reverse lamp bulb looks ugly compared to them in the tail lights lol.

next up I need to do something with those third break light led parts from JP7
still not sure if I want to eliminate my cargo lights. I've got a few ideas on how to save it by adding more leds/moving things around. The simplest being that I wish ford made an entire clear cover piece. assuming that JP7 used RED leds on circuit boards I bet i could copy that but mount ones with white chips on top all the way across. That would give the ultimate light output for both
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Now my reverse lamp bulb looks ugly compared to them in the tail lights lol.
I actually LOL'ed when I read this ^^

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next up I need to do something with those third break light led parts from JP7
still not sure if I want to eliminate my cargo lights. I've got a few ideas on how to save it by adding more leds/moving things around. The simplest being that I wish ford made an entire clear cover piece. assuming that JP7 used RED leds on circuit boards I bet i could copy that but mount ones with white chips on top all the way across. That would give the ultimate light output for both
Don't take any of those LED's off of that board, they are wired so the resistance is right, some in parallel, some in series.

I thought you had the "all red" style CHMSL. You want to use the solid red one.

White and Red LEDs have different nominal voltages.
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I actually LOL'ed when I read this ^^
Yeah if only there where white L1224R's I hate the look of the incandescent back there in the reverse reflector now. L1224R = sexy


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Don't take any of those LED's off of that board, they are wired so the resistance is right, some in parallel, some in series.

I thought you had the "all red" style CHMSL. You want to use the solid red one.

White and Red LEDs have different nominal voltages.
Yeah I noticed the resistors and figured there would be some sort of a method to the right resistance. Right now I have the fancier cargo lights style although I should have a spare red style CHMSL soon. It of course wont look as good on my dark green truck which as why I was doing some prelim wishful thinking on how to custom mod an already cool mod lol.

Of course a lot more research then a quick glance at that parts you sent would be required
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I'm impatiently awaiting for the UPS truck to show up with my V-LEDS :

turn signals, corner runing lights, license plate, back up lights going led. At some point my whole truck will be going led

still debating on the 3rd brake light.

Then next I have to figure out how to convert my super cab map dome light

I would just go with plugin bulbs but I hear SMD arrays are better. Haven t taken it apart yet to see what I dealing with.
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This is just a friendly bump if anyone else is looking for L1224R's because I have a few left. First come first serve!
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This is just a friendly bump if anyone else is looking for L1224R's because I have a few left. First come first serve!
bumping an old thread...
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I just got these and they are pretty bright when I hooked them up to a 12v source... not so much when the parking light source is on.. significatnly dimmer.. I got everything you posted above.. .what was the trick to modding the sockets and hollowing them out? I believe I need to do the same thing for these to work with the 2001 housings..

Would love to see pics of what everyone is talking about via removing the one rubber grommet/oring from the bulb...

I don't now if I should cut the socket from the base up so that the round part plus socket are attached then hollow it out in the center, or just cut the socket part off and hollow it out? What's best?

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About how much did these cost?
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I paid 120 for the leds, extra sockets to make them work with the stock tails, and the wiring harness.

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